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AT&T Updating Texting Plans

Starting August 21st, AT&T will adopt new text messaging policies that will include unlimited text for $20 a month.

Current AT&T customers will be able to keep their current plan.  As of right now, AT&T offers 1,000 text messages for $10 a month.  That plan will be scrapped.  The move to unlimited text for $20 a month is not only limited to individuals.  AT&T also will introduce a family plan with up to five phones for $30 a month.

For users unwilling to adopt a text messaging plan from AT&T, the standard rate of 20 cents per message will still apply.  However, AT&T feels that their growing customer base and their insistence on unlimited text messaging plans indicates a needed change.

In a statement released by AT&T about the change, they point out, “We regularly evaluate our offers and are making some adjustments to our messaging lineup…The vast majority of our messaging customers prefer unlimited plans and with text messaging growth stronger than ever, that number continues to climb among new customers”.

This change follows an announcement to reduce the throttle speed of the top five percent of data users.  They promise that the reduction in speed will only account for a small percentage of their base.  Ninety-five percent of their users should not be affected.  The change in the data plan will only be in effect until the next billing cycle.       

Facebook Labels Ceglia Contract an “Outright Fabrication”

facebook in newsForensic analysis proves that the alleged 2003 contract between Paul Ceglia and Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was an “outright fabrication”.

Facebook is asking for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York to dismiss the case.

Paul Ceglia’s computer was ordered to be examined by a computer forensic team at the request of Facebook.  What Facebook found proved to be the “smoking gun” that the accusations made against Facebook were unfounded–indicating that the only contract they found, embedded in electronic data dating to 2004, was a StreetFax contract.  StreetFax was a company Ceglia was trying to develop, during which he employed a young Mark Zuckerberg.

Additionally, Facebook wanted to dismiss the case because they feel that Paul Ceglia intentionally withheld information and manipulated certain resources.  According to Facebook, “It is very likely that Ceglia used these removable devices to manipulate and store documents, including the purported Facebook contract, in the belief that this evidence would not be discovered or that the devices could easily be discarded if necessary, as Ceglia has now apparently done”.

The evidence piling up against Paul Ceglia continually paints him in a negative light.  Increasingly, Mr. Ceglia appears to have been attempting to scam Mr. Zuckerberg and Facebook.       

Google Acquires Motorola for $12.5 Billion

google in newsGoogle has acquired Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion.

The acquisition will provide Google with solid footing in a highly competitive and increasingly fluid enterprise.

The acquisition can help Google in two very important ways.  First and foremost is the direct impact it will have on their competitors in the open market.  Apple and Microsoft will have to start considering similar actions.  Secondly, Motorola has 17,000 patents–owning the rights to these patents will help them compete in the courtrooms as well as in the market.

Holding a large number of patents can give a company greater leverage in cases of intellectual property infringement.  Google will be able to throw their weight around and greatly hinder the progress of competitors with devices similar to theirs.

The acquisition will have effects on the industry that are broad in its scope.  Huge tech companies will be looking to make similar moves to strengthen their footing.  Struggling companies like RIM will have to try to withstand the blow.  Developers involved with two or more companies at once may even have to decide who they should provide more loyalty to.  It truly will be an evolving market-place.       

Sony Cuts Price of PS3 by $50

playstation ps3 slim topSony plans to cut the price of the Sony PlayStation 3 console by $50 in order to capitalize on noted momentum. They hope the drop in price can help make the system more accessible for a growing collection of gamers.

The standard system is now priced at $250.  The PS3 with double the GBs will cost prospective customers $300.

Jack Tretton, the President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America believes Sony is in a unique situation.  “While others in the space are losing steam, PlayStation 3 is gaining momentum”.

Sony has had a tough year.  They had to endure the largest Internet hacking scheme in history, and the infiltration and publication of private business information.  However despite all this, their fans have proven their loyalty, and were awarded for doing so.  The drop in price can be another such award to loyal and future Sony PS3 fans.  Frankly, the decision is a smart one.

One of the biggest gripes against the PS3 has been its price.  When it first arrived on the scene, it cost roughly $600 dollars.  A very small populace could afford the “do everything” machine.   Now, with the incremental deduction in price, Sony has been able to dramatically increase their consumer base–now reaching roughly 50 million units sold.       

Anonymous Threatens to Take Down Facebook

Anonymous promises to take down Facebook in what they claim to be retaliation for the social network’s widespread privacy abuses.

In a two-minute video, a scrambled voice rambles on about planning to take down the network–claiming Facebook was in cahoots with Syrian and Egyptian governments to squash protests and target certain individuals.

The video’s origin is under suspicion.  Anonymous has usually followed a pattern in the release of their press statements.  Typically, they would post a link or a statement on their Twitter page.  In this instance, the video dates back several months, and the Twitter accounts affiliated with it are no longer active.  For this reason, authorities are questioning its authenticity and whether or not it’s truly from an Anonymous member.

Either way, the statements will be investigated.  Facebook has decided not comment on the threat.

If the video does derive from Anonymous, they might want to be careful who they claim to be fighting for.  With Facebook having over  750 million users–they will be hard-pressed to find somebody that will agree with them.  Anonymous could easily find themselves on the other side of the coin–with them now being the group others will target.       

Twitter and Facebook Help Combat London Rioters

Twitter has proven itself useful once again, this time, in the London riots.  Facebook has been lending a helping had as well, though to a lesser degree.

The riots that have been occurring in London, believed to be in retaliation to a small form of police brutality, but in larger consequence to the general disgust by the youthful unemployed with their government, have given people another reason to organize and mobilize.  Twitter, the ultimate mass organization tool is proving useful to concerned civilians organizing to clean up the streets at night.

Twitter, this time in the London riots, is being used by police officers and citizens alike to organize clean-up crews to combat the mess the rioters are causing across the city.  The Twitter handle @riotcleanup, and others like them are giving civilians internet “cafes” to get information and immediately act on the information.  Facebook has been using similar tools to organize and get information out to the public.

Social networks have continually proven to be useful in the organization of civilians to achieve a desired response.  While rioters have been using RIM to organize, concerned citizens return with Twitter and Facebook as their reinforcements.  If anything has done a good job of quelling the London rioters, Twitter and Facebook were necessary to do it.       

Facebook Spam King Sanford Wallace Turns Himself in to the Feds

facebook in newscomputer hacker mask evilSanford Wallace, self-proclaimed “Spam King” is set to appear in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose on Aug. 22.

Mr. Wallace had been evading the F.B.I. for quite some time.  He voluntarily turned himself in, most likely hoping to reduce the punitive damages he would be dealt–which may total up to forty years in prison.

The Facebook Spam King has been charged with multiple counts of fraud, three counts of intentional damages to a protected computer and two counts of criminal contempt.  He could see fines up to two million dollars.  Quite the hefty penalty.

In Sanford’s most recent scheme, he would bait Facebook users to participate in surveys that would forward them to malicious websites.  He would then be allowed to steal their login information through a process known as “phishing”.  He claims to have written a script that did all of the work.

Sanford Wallace managed to send 27 million spam messages between 2008 and 2009.  He was formally indicted on July 6th.  He was released on a $100,000 bond and is awaiting his day in court.

I’m sure Facebook is happy to finally have this menace under control.  Mr. Wallace managed to find his way around all of Facebook’s spam filters, truly giving meaning to the word illusive.  Facebook and the F.B.I. must be very relieved that he voluntarily turned himself in.       

Groupon Hits the 115 Million Member Mark

people throwing moneyGroupon’s meteoric rise continues as their membership reaches 115 million.

The start-up company that spurned Google has been getting its fair share of hype. In fact, many believed their decision to go at it alone would result in their eventual downfall.  Surprisingly exactly the opposite happened.

The online coupon company had roughly five and a half million users at the end of 2010.  Somehow, they managed to jump up to 83 million in just a few short months,  By the end of the 1st quarter, they were looking at a 64 percent jump in memberships.

Now, with the company reaching the 115 million user mark, a 38% increase since March 31st, they have adequately exonerated themselves and their controversial decision making.

However, despite all of their recent success, Groupon will have to compete against more and more large corporations hoping to capitalize on similar discount services.  Google and Facebook are looking to put a fighter in the ring, and they will have considerably larger constituencies to sell to.  Though, with that said, one can’t help but be impressed with the progress Groupon has made in a years time.       

Google and Microsoft in a Spat

microsoft in newsgoogle in newsGoogle and Microsoft are quarreling again, only this time, its not behind closed doors.  This fight has been clear for everyone to see–on the Twitter-verse, where all opinions are made and heard.

Google’s SVP and Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond in a recent blog post made his disgust of Google rivals public with a claim that companies are joining forces to take down Google with “bogus patents”.  It is Mr. Drummond’s belief that they are purposely attempting to take out Android.  One Google rival that has been singled out is Microsoft.

David Drummond suggested that Microsoft teamed up with Apple to buy Novell’s old patents, claiming that they did so to spite Google.

Microsoft responded quickly to that claim with a statement of their own.  On Twitter, Brad Smith, Microsoft General Counsel tweeted, “Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no”.

There is a clear disagreement here.  One side of the discussion believes they are getting hoodwinked, while the other believes the opposite.  In other words, Google is trying to play the victim in all of this and Microsoft won’t let them get away with it.


Microsoft’s Brad Smith is making the argument that Google has been frequently invited to partake in various business deals, and that the comment by Mr. Drummond is not based in reality. That it is some sort of political ploy, some form of aggrandizement to make it seem that there is some sort violation of business ethics.

To further Microsoft’s argument, Frank Shaw, the computer company’s Head of Communications tweeted a copy of an email sent from a Google SVP and General Counsel, Kent Walker, to Brad Smith stating,

Brad –

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you — I came down with a 24-hour bug on the way back from San Antonio. After talking with people here, it sounds as though for various reasons a joint bid wouldn’t be advisable for us on this one. But I appreciate your flagging it, and we’re open to discussing other similar opportunities in the future.

I hope the rest of your travels go well, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

– Kent

It is clear that Microsoft has provided a practical side to the argument.  But as far as full disclosure is around, we will never know who is in the right here.  This small tweet battle and email presentation could be 1/100th of what is actually going on.  Google may in fact be right.  Who knows?  What is known is that there bad taste in the mouths of several high level executives of rival companies.  One should realize that both sides may have a little truth to what they are arguing.